Claire Ward and her rescued greyhound Faye are a frequent sight running along Federal Boulevard. (Ernie Over photo)

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Many morning motorists on Federal boulevard in Riverton, both north and south, will have seen the lady running with the Greyhound down the sidewalk nearly every day. The dog is a rescued racing Greyhound from Colorado named Faye, who is 7 years-old. “I got her when she was 4 years-old through an organization in California. The reason she was put up for adoption is that she didn’t win at the track, they called her a loser,” said her proud rescuer Claire Ward. “She’s also heavier than most greyhounds, 75 pounds, and maybe that’s why she didn’t win.”

Ward explained that she parks at Walmart most mornings and then runs to the fairgrounds and back, it’s about 4.5 miles.” She said it’s good exercise for her and for Faye, who was bred to run.

Ward said lots of people stop her to ask about the dog, including the flaggers on the South Federal construction project. “It’s nice to talk people, and we both enjoy the short breaks,” she laughed. “It’s a good way to meet people.”

A Riverton resident for the past two years, Ward said she moved here because she didn’t like what Northern California had become, and mostly because of the weather. “I did a search and discovered that Riverton has the mildest climate in Wyoming. I hadn’t done snow, but Riverton seemed it would do fine. And it has,” she said Wednesday morning near the end of her daily run. “I’m LDS, so I knew there would be a support system for me there.” After two years, Ward has not changed her mind. “I love Riverton. It’s everything anybody could want and need. And there’s no graffiti here like back home. I’m happy to be here, and so is Faye.”

Ward said Faye is great with people, and especially little kids.